The Queen of Cups sits at the edge of the sea, gazing into the placid water surrounding her. She gains strength from escaping the monotony of everyday life by immersing herself in primordial bodies of water- hot springs, a claw foot bathtub, or a hidden beach off the Pacific Coast Highway- emerging renewed. In Tarot, the suit of Cups represents emotions, while Queens represent female energy. She has one foot rooted on land and one foot testing the mysterious waters. She is at once ethereal and deeply intuitive, reflecting the hidden depths of others back to them.
A little over a year ago I had my Tarot read, and the Queen of Cups was pulled for what I could expect from the Future. As time is wont to do, the future all too quickly became the present, and I found myself on a road trip to Los Alamos, CA where these photographs were taken. It had been too long since I'd been on the road, and I felt an insatiable thirst that could only be quenched by giving into my wanderlust...
Emily Claire Alben is a roving woman and film photographer. Based in Los Angeles, raised in Seattle, and schooled at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and the California Institute of the Arts.She is an aesthete who explores the theme of lived lives. Those in between moments and observations when passing through a place, and the confluence of color and light as memory. She is often drawn to places that seem like they exist out of time.
Queen of Cups, Mukta Mohan
Accommodations, The Alamo Motel